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Play Dirty

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Play Dirty
Play dirty.jpg
Movie poster
Country UKD.jpg UK
Directed by André De Toth
Release Date 1969
Language English
Studio Lowndes Productions Limited
Distributor United Artists
Main Cast
Character Actor
Capt. Douglas Michael Caine
Capt. Cyril Leech Nigel Davenport
Col. Masters Nigel Green
Maj. Alan Watkins Patrick Jordan
Kalarides Enrique Ávila
Hassan Mohsen Ben Abdallah
Sadok Aly Ben Ayed
Kostos Manov Takis Emmanuel
Boudesh Scott Miller
Capt. Johnson Michael Stevens

Play Dirty is a 1969 British World War II film starring Michael Caine and Nigel Davenport, directed by André de Toth, whose previous film credits mainly included crime films and westerns. This is appropriate, and this film is a little of both, featuring a former petroleum engineer (Caine) leading a rag-tag band of murderers, terrorists and rapists sent behind enemy lines in North Africa to blow up a German fuel depot. The movie was partially filmed in the Spanish province of Almería, which explains some of the weapons found in the film, as well as why some locations may appear familiar, since parts of Lawrence of Arabia, Patton, and Sergio Leone's Man with No Name trilogy were filmed there as well. The ending may be unusual for a war movie, but its nihilism fits in well with the rest of the film.

The following weapons were used in the film Play Dirty:


Llama II

Captain Douglas (Michael Caine) has a Llama II as his sidearm. Whether he carries it as his normal sidearm or due to his disguise is unknown. Captain Leech (Nigel Davenport) temporarily takes it away from him during the ambush.

Llama II - .380 ACP. Courtesy of Carbines for Collectors. Used with kind permission.
Captain Douglas cocks his pistol. Notice the lack of a grip safety and the contours on the grip.
Captain Douglas' pistol in Captain Leech's belt.

Webley Mk IV

Hassan (Mohsen Ben Abdallah) uses a Webley Mk IV.

Webley Mk.IV WW2 British Army version chambered for .38 S&W
Hassan takes aim with his Webley.
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PlayDirty Webley 03.jpg

Submachine Guns

Star Model Z45

The members of the unit (Michael Caine, Nigel Davenport, Aly Ben Ayed, Enrique Ávila, Takis Emmanuel and Scott Miller) are armed with Spanish Star Model Z45 submachine guns. They are used when they are disguised as Germans soldiers as well as Italian soldiers. This is an anachronism, as these guns weren't produced until 1945. In a continuity error, some of them turn into MP40's towards the end of the film.

Star Model Z-45 folding stock - 9x23mm
Captain Leech reloads. Noticed the "jungle-clipped" magazines.
Captain Douglas shows the group how serious he is.
One of the group fires during the attack on the faux oil depot.
Captain Douglas with a Z-45. In the previous scene and in the following scene, he has a MP40.


MP40s are used by German soldiers throughout the film. In a continuity error, the Star Model Z45's in the film turn into MP40's towards the end.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
Captain Douglas with his MP40.
The business end of a German MP40.
The Germans fire upon Douglas' group.
Captain Leech's MP40 after the attack.

Sten Mk II

Sten Mk II submachine guns are by British soldiers throughout the film.

Sten Mk II (Canadian) Submachine gun - 9x19mm
A German soldier salvages a Sten from the dead British after an ambush. This one has the wire stock.


M43 Spanish Mauser

M43 Spanish Mausers are carried by Hassan (Mohsen Ben Abdallah) and Assine (Mohamed Kouka) as well as German soldiers.

Spanish Mauser M43 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
One of the nomads reaches for his Mauser.
The Germans search the British dead. Notice the straight bolt handle.
One of the guides with his Mauser.
A closeup of the Mauser's receiver.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I rifles are carried by British soldiers in the film.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I - .303 British
A British soldier with his Enfield in the jeep.

Machine Guns

Vickers MK1 Machine Gun

Vickers MK1 machine guns are mounted on the jeeps of Colonel Master's irregular unit and also Major Watkins' unit.

Vickers Mk1 Machine Gun
The Vickers on Captain Leech's jeep.
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Lewis Gun

Lewis Guns are seen mounted on Captain Leech's jeep at the beginning of the film and also trucks from Watkin's commando unit.

Lewis gun - .303 British
The Lewis on the back of Captain Leech's jeep.
PlayDirty Lewis 02.jpg

MG 34

MG 34's are seen mounted on both Master's unit vehicles and also on German half tracks.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Belt-fed.
The Germans prepare for the ambush.
The Germans load the MG 34.
MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser. With Gurtrommel 34 - 50 round belt drum magazine.
The MG 34 on the team's jeep.


German troops use MG42s during the ambush.

MG42 Machine Gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG42 before the ambush.

Vickers K machine gun

Two Vickers K medium machine guns are seen twin mounted on Watkin's Jeep.

Vickers K Machine Gun - .303 British
Twin Vickers K machine guns on the front of the jeep.
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Bergmann MG 15nA machine gun

One of the gun trucks has Bergmann MG 15nA machine gun mounted on it. The Bergmann MG 15nA machine gun is not to be confused with the MG15 machine gun which is completely different.

Bergmann MG 15nA - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The MG mounted on the driver's side.
Another view.


Mills Bomb

Captain Leech carries Mills Bombs in his belt, even when disguised as a German.

Mills Bomb High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade.
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81mm Valero Modelo 1933 Mortar

The Germans use a Valero M1933 Mortar during the ambush.

Spanish Valero M1933 mortar - 81mm
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